Annie Tour Comes to L.A.'s Pantages Theatre, Oct. 4-16

Annie, which won seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Book and Score) and ran for 2,377 performances on Broadway, will return to Los Angeles in an all-new production helmed by the show's original Broadway director and lyricist, Martin Charnin. Annie will come to Los Angeles for a strictly limited two-week engagement at the Pantages Theatre, October 4-16, 2005; it will be the first show of the Broadway/L.A. 2005-2006 season.

Annie is currently on a national tour that will last through July of 2006. The musical is currently playing a stint at the San Diego Civic Theatre, and will also come to theaters in Denver, Philadelphia, Tampa, Houston, Cleveland and other cities.

Set in the midst of America's Great Depression," state press notes, "Annie tells the story of the ever-hopeful orphan whose dreams of finding family and happiness hold steadfast in the midst of a time in America when looking towards 'Tomorrow' was virtually unthinkable. With her faithful dog Sandy by her side, the indomitable Annie wins the heart of 'zillionaire' Oliver Warbucks, and together, they foil an evil plot hatched by the villainous orphanage director, Miss Hannigan, who cares only about money and knows nothing of the power of love. In the end, of course, good triumphs over evil, and Annie embarks on a life of adventure as the newly-adopted daughter of her Daddy Warbucks."

In addition to its Tony Award-winning score, the new production of Annie will also feature a brand new song by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse "Why Should I Change A Thing?" which will be incorporated into the production for the very the first time.

Annie will star Conrad John Schuck (Annie: original production and revival, Annie Get Your Gun, the film M*A*S*H) as Daddy Warbucks, nine-time Jefferson Award-winner Alene Robertson (Annie Warbucks) as Miss Hannigan , Mackenzie Phillips ("One Day at a Time," Grease on Broadway) as Lily St. Regis, and Marissa O'Donnell (off-Broadway's American Girls Revue) as Annie.

Rounding out the cast are Allan Baker, Taylor Bright, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Julia Cardia, David Chernault, Kelly Lynn Cosme, Richard Costa, Antoinette DiPietropolo, Brian Michael Hoffman, Aaron Kaburick, Billy Kimmel, Michelle Knight, Monica L. Patton, Katherine Pecevich, Brittany Portman, Liz Power, Ed Romanoff, Lindsay E. Ryan, Molly J. Ryan, Harry Turpin, Christopher Vettel, Casey Whyland, Stevani Alise Weaver, and Scott Willis. The lovable Sandy is played by the talented canine Lola.

Annie features lyrics by Charnin (I Remember Mama, Two by Two) and music by Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie, Applause), with a book by Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray). The new production will include original Broadway musical staging by Peter Gennaro, choreography by Liza Gennaro, scenic design by Ming Cho Lee , lighting design by Ken Billington, costume design by Theoni Aldridge and sound design by Peter Hylenski . Annie will be presented by executive producer Ken Gentry.

Tickets, which range in price from $25 - $68, will go on sale to the general public on Sunday August 28th at 10am, and they will be available for purchase online at www.BroadwayLA.org , by phone at 213-365-3500 or 714-740-7878, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The Pantages Theatre Box Office will open to the general public on Sunday September 11th. Located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd, the box office will be open daily from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, or until 30 minutes after curtain goes up on the day of a performance.

Performances of Annie are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM. (Please Note: Annie will feature earlier curtain times for weekday evening performances. There is a special added weekday matinee on Thursday 10/13 at 2:00pm, and there is no performance on Sunday evening 10/16.).

For more information on the Annie tour, visit www.annieontour.com.




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